The unit features a pioneer layout in the Volkswagen Group, aiming to integrate all areas and information flow, encouraging continuous quality improvement. Areas of Framework, Painting and Final Assembly converge to the Communication Center, a triangular building where administrative offices are concentrated, winter gardens, cafeteria, bank agency, restaurants and areas for assessing the quality of the product. The complex was designed so that, in just five minutes, you can go from one area to another. The unit also has an advanced logistics system, with 15 suppliers installed into the build sit, forming the Parque Industrial de Curitiba (PIC).
The factory also stands out for using advanced technology in all its production process, such as laser welding and water-based painting in the painting of automobiles, avoiding the emission of solvents. Certified by ISO 14001, worldwide standard that certifies good environmental management of the organizations, the unit has an advanced wastewater treatment process, which treats the sanitary and industrial sewage. Also has an environmental monitoring system that monitors the air and water quality.
As a way of encouraging a culture of environmental sustainability, the unit opened in 2012 a different route to receive the visit of the factory external public: the "Caminho da Sustentabilidade" ("Path of Sustainability"). Visitors have the opportunity to check closely the Company’s high technology in the manufacture of a vehicle and the main actions that result in greater energy and environmental efficiency. The "Caminho da Sustentabilidade" constitutes visiting the production areas (Press, Body Shop, Painting and Final Assembly) and the external area (vivarium, effluent treatment station and recharge point of rainwater), to view the innovation of productive processes of Volkswagen, combined with the best practices of natural resource conservation.
Several actions are undertaken by the unit to ensure that natural resources are used efficiently. In offices and production areas, one of the highlights is the use of large-scale natural lighting, which contributes to the reduction of energy consumption and improves visual comfort and well-being of employees. The São José dos Pinhais unit was born with the concept of offices based on sustainable management, favoring natural light. The two internal gardens, surrounded by glass, provide a pleasant working environment and refer to the respect for nature. Expanding the use of transparent polycarbonate tiles in productive areas intensified the incidence of natural lighting.
In the Final Assembly, the route discloses one of the examples of protection of water resources. The water used in sealing tests, to ensure the quality of sealing the vehicles, is recirculated after its retrieval and filtering. The factory also has a system to capture and use rainwater.
The parts wood package used in the production line also has sustainable destination and is featured at the "Caminho da Sustentabilidade". Some of the material goes back to the timber industry, which reuses as packaging or input for civil construction. Another part of the wood is transformed into several handicrafts, furniture and eco-friendly toys like dolls house, by the hands of artisans of Paraná and Santa Catarina. Thus, besides bringing benefits to the environment, the plant recycled material generates income for many people.